Korea's vice foreign minister heads to U.S. for talks on N. Korea

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Donald Trump says he wants Americans to "sit up" and pay attention when he speaks, like North Koreans do with Kim Jong-un - but later watered down his comments, saying they were a joke. "I sometimes say the "denuking" of North Korea, and those are attractive words", Trump said in the video.

"He can now call me if he has any difficulties, I can call him", Trump said.

The joint statement signed this past week by Trump and Kim promises they will work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, but includes no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced.

Immediately after the announcement on June 12, U.S. forces in Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to.

But how did the summit play out in North Korea?

The two leaders inaugurated the much-anticipated event with a handshake at 9 a.m. local time in front of a row of alternating American and North Korean flags, before commencing a one-on-one meeting behind closed doors.

"I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous, " Pompeo said in Seoul, where he was seeking to reassure USA ally South Korea about Trump's negotiation, including a surprise halt to joint military exercises involving the US and South Korea.

Kim also had North Korea's key nuclear testing site dismantled before an global troupe of reporters on May 24, ahead of the June 12 summit with Trump, signaling his nation's move toward denuclearization.

About one in five (21 per cent) say it was a success for the United States, and almost three in 10 (29 per cent) say it was a success for North Korea.

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The Kim-Trump summit meeting centred on nuclear disarmament and reducing tensions concluded with a one-page agreement. After the day of meetings, Trump said that the two had a "special bond" and that Kim was a "very talented man".

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But, asked why he had praised Kim at all, given his history of rights abuses and the death of United States student Otto Warmbier after he fell into a coma in North Korean custody, Trump set up a stark choice.

Kim Jong Un, amusing guy.

Trump, who prides himself as a master deal-maker, feels the agreement represents a major step toward solving an intractable foreign policy problem.

Relations between the two countries began to take a positive turn in 2018 in the current framework of detente with North Korea and, above all, after the two summits between Kim and Xi held in March and April.

Trump's unilateral decision to reduce tension by canceling joint military exercises by United States and South Korean forces meanwhile appeared to catch both close ally Seoul and some Pentagon officials by surprise. "We produce something that is handsome", he said. "They steal our intellectual property using cyber theft". A majority of 55 percent says it is too early to tell whether the summit was a success for the United States and an nearly identical majority (56 percent) says it was too early to tell whether it was a success for North Korea.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

The newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, The Rodong Sinmun, published an article which said the "unilateral demands" based on military and economic superiority undermine the sound development of worldwide relations. Just over 4 in 10 (41 percent) say Trump made reasonable compromises at the summit, while about a third (34 percent) say he gave away too much to the North Korean leader. But the president has fawned so much about Kim since their meeting you might wonder if he's simply flattering a man with nuclear missiles or exalting the kind of leader he truly admires. Trump even sloughed off questions at the news conference about North Korean forced labor camps where thousands are tortured and murdered, saying such things happen elsewhere.

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